Orange Marmalade (2015) 橘子果酱
Genre: School, Fantasy, Romance, Melodrama, Vampire
Enjoyment: 10/10 Pace: 9/10 No. of times I watched it: 2
starring Yeo Jin Goo as Jung Jae Min, Song Eui Joon as Jae Min (young), Seol Hyun as Baek Ma Ri, Lee Jong Hyun as Han Shi Hoo, Gil Eun Hye as Jo Ah Ra
Plot: Baek Ma Ri (Seol Hyun) is a senior high student and a vampire. She attends a school which all students are human but she’s not. She has to keep her real identity hidden and acts like a common girl. However, deep inside, she holds the grudge for all people around her mocking vampires. Meanwhile, Jung Jae Min (Yeo Jin Goo) is a popular male student who will fall in love with Baek Ma Ri.
Zoom into characters: Jung Jae Min gives up music to rebel against his mother who married a vampire. He seems like a very popular and well-loved person but he actually grows up alone after leaving his mother. Baek Ma Ri is a vampire who gives up her music dream because of her identity. She does not like to draw attention to herself and just wants to graduate from the school without being discovered. Because of Jae Min’s sweet blood, Ma Ri is drawn to him uncontrollably. At the same time, Jae Min is drawn to Ma Ri’s looks and music talent. He decides to continue with music if Ma Ri joins him in the new band formed.
Despite hearing that people dropped it because the drama did a ridiculous time-travelling etc, I still want to watch this drama because of Yeo Jin Goo! My sister was put off by Ma Ri continuously trying to suck Jae Min’s blood at the start and wanted to drop it until I decided to watch it with her and she changed her mind. In this drama, the vampires are not seen as powerful but rather the outsider that humans fear and hate. Because of that, they have to hide or move away whenever discovered. This makes me feel sorry for them and it seems like humans are the mean ones instead. It is difficult living while trying to fit in with others or be like them when you are not. Human’s unconscious behaviour due to subjective judgement can really harm others-humans or not.
Enjoyed the development of relationship between the lead couple no matter it is in the past life or in the present. In both times, Jae Min actually accepts her as a vampire despite his initial hate towards vampires. I can see the link between the past and present lives very well which I think makes the time-travelling effective after all. In addition, it is fun to watch mischievous Han Shi Hoo being Jae Min’s good friend in the past life. Liked watching Ma Ri’s present life family which adds humour and sweetness. The way Ma Ri mentions Jae Min’s sweet blood keeps making me think of Jae Min as fleshy and juicy haha…
Liked Jong Hyun’s acting in this drama as a rebellious person/vampire in the past and present life. He gives off the very charismatic feel and I like how he insists on his opinion. The scene that he tries to commit suicide the vampire way is so beautifully sad. Amazed by how the vampires pretend they are drinking other drinks such as wine, strawberry milk, or even tomato sauce when they are drinking “processed” blood. They will be punished/ arrested if they use their power even if it is to save humans which I found quite unfair. The power of vampire is really cool, especially how they zoom about in high speed.
The best short Korean Drama that I have watched (compared to Liar Game, Surplus Princess haha). It’s been sometime since I can enjoy a whole full album of a drama’s osts and the osts in this drama is good (even though none of them are sad enough for my liking)! I also felt a slight tinge of sadness when it was reaching the end, a feeling I get when I become attached to the lead characters in the drama. It is a unique feeling to get unlike the typical satisfaction of enjoying or finishing a drama.
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